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Pattern Name: Northern Star

Age: 1880s-1900

Quilting: self quilting throughout - hand pieced and hand-quilted

Material: plant dyed plain beige calico with brown, cinnamon red and indigo dyed blocks; mourning fabric used as background, homespun blue gingham backing 

Measurements: 80x72


Heritage: This quilt was found in Alabama and is a truly remarkable quilt.  From the black quilting thread to the beautiful blue homespun backing to the brown and grey striped shirting and indigo calico, this quilt is absolutely a stunning example of an early quilt.  Despite a few larger stains, the piece is a remarkable example of a particular quilting style and technique popularized during this time period.  The pattern, the thread, and most especially the clever combination of fabrics all work together to make this a breath taker.


Condition: Overall the piece is in good condition for its age.  The quilt itself is quite sturdy and strong.  There are very few issues with wear - there are some storage stains throughout and one large one on the front.  These likely happened when the quilt was a topper, because they do not extend to the back of the quilt.   Due to the potentially fugitive nature of the early dyes, this would not be a quilt to wash.  I suggest leaving it outside in the sun (under a clean white sheet) for a few warm, sunny days.  This is the traditional cleaning method for these types of quilts and would be appropriate here.  

Northern Star

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